January 14, 2019 - Today, the Senate and Assembly kept their promise to New Yorkers and passed historic reforms that will protect and expand voting rights in New York State. For too long, New York has had regressive voting laws that depress voter participation.
December 17, 2018 - Citizens Union, a leading good government group committed to reforming New York City and State government to foster accountability, accessibility, and transparency, issues the following statement on Governor Cuomo's 2019 agenda.
November 7, 2018 - By voting in candidates with progressive platforms, voters are signaling they want real reform in New York.
October 19, 2018 - After undertaking a rigorous evaluation of 17 candidates for state office, the good government group endorsed Andrew Cuomo for Governor, Letitia James for Attorney General, Thomas DiNapoli for Comptroller, and Liz Krueger, Zellnor Myrie and Andrew Gounardes for state Senate.
June 11, 2018 - One day after being appointed Ranking Democratic Member of the New York State Senate Elections Committee, Senator Brian Kavanagh today joined with fellow legislators and advocates to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to fully fund early voting in the Fiscal 2018-2019 Executive Budget.
December 11, 2008 - Annual Public Hearing of the NYC Voter Assistance Commission
May 1, 2018 - In 2018, Citizens Union commissioned a Policy Capstone Project from a team of graduate students at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. The team looked at the cost of implementing early voting and electronic pollbooks and how much the state would save by consolidating the primary elections for federal and state offices.
Citizens Union Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 181 Restoring Voting Rights to People on Parole
April 19, 2018 - Citizens Union commends Governor Cuomo for signing Executive Order 181, restoring the right to vote to the tens of thousands of New Yorkers currently on parole. Denying the right to vote to New Yorkers who are living and working in their communities is unjust.
Good Government Groups, and Other Legislators Call on Governor Cuomo to Fund Early Voting in the Fiscal 2018-2019 Executive Budget
January 9, 2018 - One day after being appointed Ranking Democratic Member of the New York State Senate Elections Committee, Senator Brian Kavanagh today joined with fellow legislators and advocates to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to fully fund early voting in the Fiscal 2018-2019 Executive Budget.
January 5, 2018 - Citizens Union is pleased the needed special election to fill 11 seats in the State Legislature has been scheduled by Governor Cuomo. We maintain that critical reforms need to be put into place, especially since special elections have the lowest voter turnout rates of any elections in New York. New Yorkers are both unable to participate in the process of nominating special election candidates and are not turning out to essentially ratify the choices of party leaders.
September 11, 2017 - Citizens Union today announced its endorsements for citywide and City Council contests for the 2017 New York City general election.
August 17, 2018 - A full report on special elections and vacancies in the state legislature is currently being planned for release later this year.
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June 1, 2017 - For the first time in more than 50 years, Citizens Union, by a unanimous vote of its governing board, declined to support any of the candidates running for Mayor.
May 17, 2017 - Five good government groups applauded the New York State Assembly’s passage of a package of nine bills aimed to make voting easier by removing barriers that actually make it difficult for voters to cast their ballots.
September 18, 2015 - Johnson empowers the Bronx democratic party to anoint next DA and ignore voters.
June 17, 2015 - Instant runoff system will increase participation and save NYC at least $13 million.
Student Voter Registration Day Coalition Encourages NYC Department of Education to Establish Student Voter Registration Day as a Permanent Citywide Program
May 14, 2015 - As the City Council acknowledges the success of the first Student Voter Registration Day (SVRD) pilot program today, the SVRD Coalition calls on the New York City Department of Education to make the initiative a permanent citywide program in New York.
May 7, 2015 - Nearly a Quarter of State Legislative Seats Filled Via Special Election.
December 12, 2014 - Voting rights coalition applauds Mayor and City Council.
New York City Council Enacts New Legislation to Strengthen Voter Registration, Will Help Franchise Thousands
November 25, 2014 - Voting rights coalition applauds City Council, Mayor, and Agency Leadership in expansion of City’s pro-voter law
With Dismal Turnout Expected For Today’s Federal Primary Election, Citizens Union Calls For Holding State And Federal Primaries On Same Date In June
June 24, 2014 - Good government organization reveals 31 percent drop in voter turnout in 2012 compared to earlier years when primary elections were held simultaneously.
April 17, 2014 - On Tuesday September 9th, 2014 registered voters in New York will head to the polls for the Primary Election. Citizens Union's Voters Directory helps voters by providing a comprehensive overview of the 2014 party primary elections, including voting and registration information and listings of every contest for all races on the ballot.
Citizens Union Welcomes Decision by City Board of Elections to Make Ballot More Readable by Increasing Font Size
February 4, 2014 - Most New Yorkers will no longer have to squint or use a magnifying glass to read their election ballot when they vote. The City Board of Elections today voted to limit the number of required languages on voters’ ballots to three – down from as many as five in previous elections – paving the way for increasing the font size of candidates’ names and removing unnecessary clutter from the ballot.
September 11, 2013 - Citizens Union calls on the City Council to pass IRV legislation.